The morning began normally; I got ready go to an elimination of violence against women based conference with minster of Afghan culture and information. I along one of a kind friend of my mine was on the way when we got the call that the conference is postponed till 2:00 pm. It was good news for both of us because we had a break, now you must be curious about the happenings during the break time like I was.
We decided to go to a coffee shop because we didn’t have our breakfast and we were damn hungry too. My friend was entering in to that shop when I realized that I need a change of 5$ because that was all I had in my pocket. I exchanged that 5 $ into 250 AFS and came back to the shop, we were having our tea when I got the glance of two boys named as MEHR ALI and JAN ALI. Their way of eating KALA PAICHA (an afghan traditional food for breakfast), way of dressing, smiling to each other and curiously looking at us were totally fascinating and that really compelled me to go to them and have the breakfast together and more importantly because they were one of us and part of the route for Afghanistan’s future.
After a warm greeting, those boys offered my friend as well to join for breakfast, though those boys are not educated but mature enough to understand how to behave with strangers and elders and that is our culture value. After having some words together, we asked the boys for an interview and fortunately they agreed. Their names were MEHR ALI and JAN ALI. Mehr Ali is in class 4 and jan ali is in class 3. They polish shoes to earn bread for the family and let both ends meet so that they don’t have to beg for anything. They pull out all the stops to cope up with both studies and financial crises, they earn 150 AFS each on daily basis and their fathers are labors with a daily income of 300 AFS each and there are moments for them when the whole day, they don’t even earn a single penny for bread. We always think of change, peace in our country. Different topics might have been discussed to implement for the betterment of Afghanistan but I think child labor should be the only topic to be discussed because children (upcoming generation) are the route for Afghanistan’s future and till we don’t educate our route, the future can never be as we desire to have. When we rose a question about their future career that what they wanted to be in future, it really made me feel bad because for once they had nothing to say but compulsion. They can only think about their presents adding as if their futures have been lost somewhere in darkness. After a little bit force Jan Ali shared that he wants to become a Doctor so that he can help his country and be a part of change.
Having a nice conversation with those energetic boys having million dollars worth smile really made my day and I wish they have a bright future and their dreams become true.
Long live Afghanistan!!